Where She Went Review
I went away for a week where there was no WiFi which ended up with me in a bookstore buying this sequel that nowhere near my house had in store. So i'm doing a review on it since I haven't done any reviews in quite a long time.
Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I stay #2
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year: April 5, 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Awards: Goodreads Choice Awards best young adult fiction
Sequel to 'If I stay' that was released in 2009 follows Adam's life three years after Mia's accident and she walked out of his life. "Adam is now a rising rock star and Mia is a successful cellist re-unite in New York after Mia's terrifying accident."
Reaction after finishing
Happy dancing, I want another one, I want to re-read If I stay
Thought process when I realized there was a sequel
The thing with this book was, this was the ending to the books, the ending to Mia and Adam, one of my favorite character pairings in a long time. I know that Gayle Forman tends to tear into the hearts of her readers with her writing, which is what happened with me when I read this book in record time.
I still don't know whether or not I like the ending. At first, I absolutely hated it. It didn't make sense to me, the whole last chapter, especially the last page, was a huge WTF moment for me. You can't just go through two books of angst and end it like that.
But after a bit to think about it, I didn't hate it as much. They got their happy ending, even if it wasn't the one that I overly expected. They end up back together, and the whole novella takes place over the span of three days, except the last chapter which follows them in a brief summary of two weeks and their plans for the rest of the year.
Since i'm neutral on the ending now, when people who I've recommended the duo to say "that's not the ending I wanted" I can only tell them "At least she didn't end it with them breaking up and walking away from each other"
I'm more..into the ending now. I don't think I would have wanted another book of them getting back together...I'm on the fence about wanting another book of them trying to manage both of their careers and still being together, I want more on Adam's new solo career...How Mia influences his music. As he no longer works with the band or writes music with them. And he only writes songs about people who make him sad, which is how he wrote most of the music for the band's major debut album that helped them skyrocket into fame. It's been a few months since I've read the book and I have the urge to read more about them. But I can handle Lulu and Willem for now.
I just got home from Quebec after four days away on a skiing/snowboarding trip.
We left on Friday at 8:15 in the morning, all of our stuff almost didn't fit on the bus and our driver was incredibly sassy.
We stopped at an OnRoute on the way during the six hour drive. We got to Bromont around five, and it was nice, the mountain is small, but not crowded. And there are a lot of boarders there, and the food is good. everyone excited to have beaver tail and poutine in the small chalet.
We ended up grocery shopping right after so we could stock up on snacks before we got to the Orford arts centre...which wasn't my favorite place to stay.
The food was bad -save for a few items- the sinks were in the bedroom and not in the bathroom, there was major calcium buildup on the shower heads and the toilets wouldn't flush. there were fridges in the downstairs rooms but they ended up being more like freezers and necessary. The pillows provided were stained and gross, the tv in the common room looked like it was from the eighties and didn't work, and the couches looked terrible and even worse than the pillows. Some of the keys they gave us didn't work and one of the beds broke due to not being put together properly.
Mont Orford was decent, though it was really busy and there was one snowboarder per twenty skiers. It's a big mountain with good runs, though it was really crowded and a lot of the people were really rude to my friends and I. they gave us mean looks and said snarky things to us...most of which I could only understand a few words of. They also had no concept of personal space, whether it be in the chalet or on the mountain.
There were newbies on the black diamond runs doing a heel stomp all the way down. people standing on the top of the jump blocking the way for other riders. there were people cutting others off and causing accidents or someone ending up going into a bad part of the run, there were people ending up in moguls because the signs were knocked over and covered completely. The lifts and gondolas were well maintained though, despite a lot of grafitti in them.
Overall it was a good trip and I preferred Bromont over Orford, but it was still fun. And I'm glad to be home.